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Keane calls for united Ireland

Robbie Keane has called for a united front as the Republic of Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.

Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland's hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden's 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday.

It's for everybody, it's for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey.

Whether that's doing for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn't really matter.

As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent - you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you.

We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together.

– Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane


Heading for the Trap door

Giovanni Trapattoni has accepted his reign as Republic of Ireland boss will end after the current World Cup campaign - regardless of whether they qualify or not.

I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future.

Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result. We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.

In France, the first time [in the World Cup play-off], you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification [for Euro 2012]; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.

Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing.

– Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni

Wilson questions Republic of Ireland's long-ball tactics

Marc Wilson has urged the Republic of Ireland to abandon the long-ball approach in a desperate bid to revive their faltering World Cup qualifying campaign.

I don't think we get in enough positions to get ourselves forward.

I think we need to play through the middle a bit more and pass the ball to create chances for us to go forward more.

– Marc Wilson on Ireland's long-ball approach that didn't work against Sweden.

Injuries mount for Trap

Giovanni Trapattoni has a series of injury concerns ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Tuesday night.

Jon Walters, Simon Cox and Glenn Whelan all emerged from last night's morale-sapping 2-1 home defeat by Sweden at the Aviva Stadium nursing knocks.

Walters has an ankle problem, Long a dead leg and Whelan a tight thigh muscle, although the early indications are that all three will be available to travel to Vienna when the squad leaves on Sunday afternoon.

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